The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

The Life and Love of Joe Coogan 

By pure chance, the tall, handsome, stud bachelor Rob meets at the golf course used to write love sonnets to Laura, which she kept.


Jerry Paris


Carl Reiner, Carl Reiner (created by)


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Episode cast overview:
Dick Van Dyke ... Rob Petrie
Rose Marie ... Sally Rogers
Morey Amsterdam ... Buddy Sorrell
Larry Mathews ... Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Richard Deacon ... Mel Cooley
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Helper
Michael Forest ... Joe Coogan
Johnny Silver ... Waiter


Rob, Buddy and Mel have what they consider the most enjoyable round of golf they ever played, enjoyment in large part due to their stray fourth, a man they just met at the club named Joe Coogan. Good looking Joe mentions that he is single, has never been married and has only been in love once in his life while in college - coincidentally to a woman named Laura. As Rob and Joe discuss the issue further, Rob quickly realizes that Joe's Laura is also his Laura, which he doesn't tell Joe. When Rob later confronts Laura about her never mentioning Joe, Laura admits that she's secretly kept some mementos of her relationship with Joe, namely love sonnets he wrote to her. Rob is obviously hurt and jealous, which may increase when Laura, questioning why she kept the poems, decides to run into Joe "accidentally" at the golf course. She does and invites him home for dinner with her and Rob. Due to Rob's attitude, she doesn't tell him an important piece of information about the new Joe that would ... Written by Huggo

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The sonnet (refernced elsewhere in Trivia as written by Carl Reiner) reads: My eyes will never behold which my heart doth see so clearly Inward stirs this passion: deep, beknighting, leading my path away from all and to my love. I reach out for thee and pray your hand be there to welcome mine Your light alone, where my life be spent, where my soul must soar See more »


Rob, reporting on his golf game to Laura, states that he shot an 85. Later he states that he got "a bogey and some pars and one birdie." This would result in a score of par which would be substantially less than an 85. See more »


Laura Petrie: Rob, would it make you happy if I burned them? Is that what you want? You just say the word, dear, and I will burn them.
Rob Petrie: Burn them.
Laura Petrie: No, sir. Not if you're gonna take THAT attitude.
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References Zorro (1957) See more »

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22 January 1964 (USA) See more »

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Calvada Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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